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Dr. Glueck Returns from Israel; Reports on His Negev Discoveries

Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and noted archaeologist, returned here yesterday from his fifth summer of archaeological research in the Negev with a reaffirmation that discoveries made there indicate that the area was once the site of a flourishing, relatively permanent civilization and not a wilderness as some scholars have contended.

Dr. Glueck reported that he had drawn up a new map of the Negev showing 350 separate villages and fortresses between 2000 B. C. E. and 1300 C. E. He added that he would put his findings–which he contends change the entire concept of the Negev and show “the key to the development of the Near East.” which Israel will develop–into a book on the subject.